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How is Martell cognac made?

    In any bottle of Martell, cognac ingredients are as much a product of grapes and terroir as of three centuries of savoir-faire and tradition. Discover the process of creating a masterful cognac, from grapes and distillation to maturation and blending.

    The history of cognac

    Cognac, made from grapes from the Charente region of France, is known for its exceptional aromas, elegance and versatility. Its unique aromas owes much to these grapes cognac is distilled from, which originate in six specialty terroir.

    Distilled and blended

    The process of making cognac

    Cognac is made by distilling white wine from its namesake region of France, to create eaux-de-vie. These are aged and blended, then enjoyed the world over.

    In the name

    Different types of cognac

    A cognac is named for the minimum age of eaux-de-vie in its blend. From VS cognac, aged a minimum of two years, to the four years of a VSOP, and in excess of 10 years for XO cognac and beyond.


    What to mix with cognac?

    Cognac is a very versatile drink. It may be drunk neat, over ice or diluted with a little water. It can be mixed with quality mixers, such as soda or traditional lemonade to make a long drink, or used to make a cognac cocktail. For a range of Martell cocktails to try, see our cocktails section.

    Can cognac mix with other alcohols?

    Yes, you can mix cognac with other alcohols, especially as part of a mixed drink such as a champagne and cognac cocktail. Consult our recipe pages for audacious and delicious cocktails, including the Cashew Dream with Martell Blue Swift and Kahlua, or the fruity and refreshing Martell Chapman with Martell Blue Swift and bitters.

    Which easy cocktails use cognac?

    Whether you are seeking an original Martell cognac cocktail recipe, or to spice things up with a unique twist, there are many easy cocktails using cognac that can be made in less than 5 minutes.

    The Ginger Spice is an easy-to-make cognac cocktail that brings out the delicious fruit and spice aromas of Martell VS cognac. The Julep is an American summer cocktail favourite, while the Robust Coffee made with Martell VSOP is an excellent after-dinner cocktail. Or why not try a Swift Old Fashioned, or Float with Martell VS? Discover our easy cocktails using cognac.

    What are the best cocktails with cognac?

    Some of the best cocktails with cognac can be made at home, thanks to these exclusive recipes made with Martell.

    Find recipes for simple cognac cocktails, alongside veritable classics and more complex innovations created by master mixologists.

    These include the Twisted Sidecar. Made with Martell Noblige cognac, triple sec and lemon juice, this sidecar cocktail recipe adds a twist with the addition of Italian red bitters and pomegranate juice.

    Fruity and refreshing, it’s hard to go past a Derby cocktail with cognac. Take Martell VSOP cognac, blackberry juice and honey syrup, add a dash of orange bitters and grapefruit to garnish.

    Then there is the classic Summer Collins cocktail with cognac. Martell’s recipe calls for Martell VS, lemon juice and maple syrup, with slices of fresh peach and a splash of soda water.

    Can you mix cognac with coke?

    Coke and cognac are both popular drinks enjoyed in their own right. So it should be no surprise that mixing cognac with coke creates a minor taste sensation.

    The fruity and floral notes of a Martell VS or Martell VSOP cognac work well with the sugary bubbles of the famous brown soda.

    Finding the right ratio for the mix is key. The most common mix for spirits with cola is 2 parts cola to 1 part spirit, however, this can prove overpowering with a cognac and coke. Instead, try 3 parts cognac to 8 parts coke for a more nuanced mixed drink.

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    Mastering cognac


    Learning how to serve cognac is only the first step towards mastering cognac. From food pairing with cognac, to cooking with cognac and mixing cognac drinks, take your skills to the next level with our ‘How to cognac’ series.

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